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Temper Tantrum

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This week, the All Boards Chairs (ABC) committee met to discuss joint agreements between all seven Boards of Education in Region 1. They hammered again at the joint agreement for the employment of the Superintendent of Schools, ruminating over the apportionment of costs. They took a first reading of a draft for the joint agreement for shared services. And they were given the first pass of the 2015-2016 budget for the Regional Services Center (RSSC) by Business Manager Sam Herrick. But, at the beginning of the meeting, Lou Timolat, a Board of Finance member from Falls Village, harangued the committee about their work on the joint agreements and threatened litigation.

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The Peaked Roof

Credit: Kent Historical Society

Credit: Kent Historical Society

Until 1955, Kent Center School was a two story brick building with a peaked roof. That year, during expansion, the school burnt down. The oldest section was replaced with a flat roof; the first wing was added. Last night, the Kent Board of Education discussed renovating that oldest part of the school. They placed $850,000 in the long term capital plan for 2021. During the meeting, they also appointed Jonathan Moore as their representative to the Region 1 Board of Education for another two year term. They approved a new policy allowing Board members to attend meetings electronically is necessary. And Principal Florence Budge noted that the east entrance by the library would be used for future meetings; the main entrance will remain locked.

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Kent Center School Scholars 2014

Robby Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Beatrice Voorhees, Alexander Sanchez, CJ Brito-Trinidad, Sammy Starr, Bella Dumitrascu, Alyssa Holback, Sarah Mauri, Samuel Foote, Jacob Hoadley, Jason Lambert, Noah Strid, Hayden Giampietro, Charlotte Herde, Josie Horosky, Maddy Stevens

Robby Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Beatrice Voorhees, Alexander Sanchez, CJ Brito-Trinidad, Sammy Starr, Bella Dumitrascu, Alyssa Holback, Sarah Mauri, Samuel Foote, Jacob Hoadley, Jason Lambert, Noah Strid, Hayden Giampietro, Charlotte Herde, Josie Horosky, Maddy Stevens

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Early Retirement

Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves

Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves

The final settlement of the Region 1 Board of Education with Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves is now public. The Board had voted to offer early retirement last week. They bought out one year of the two years left on her contract. They also provided her with three years of medical benefits. Further, the insurance company for the Board paid her $30,000, presumably to defray legal costs. For her part, Goncalves took the early retirement as of June 31, 2015 and ceased working as of October 31, 2014. She also withdrew all legal actions against the Board, and its former member Gale Toensing. All parties agreed to refrain from any further action on the matter.

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Classic Entrapment

Region 1 Board member Ned Gow

Region 1 Board member Ned Gow

On Monday evening, the Region 1 Board of Education held a lengthy meeting without much actual business. They heard about student trips to international locations, either by planned trips or AFS. Board member Phil Hart warned the group that the Building and Grounds committee had identified several issues with the high school building, but that plans had not been developed yet. They had a short discussion on the new regional agreement for the Superintendent as laid out in the ABC Committee. Housatonic Principal Jose Martinez agreed to start a common scholarship application through the guidance department. And Secretary Julie Lang, who is also President of the local non-certified union, gave a short speech on the upcoming negotiations.

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Settlement with Goncalves

Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves

Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves

The Region 1 Board of Education and the All Boards Chairs (ABC) committee met in executive session this week to settle the pending litigation of Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves against former board member Gale Toensing. Goncalves had taken legal action against Toensing and the Board for defamation, emotional distress, contractual interference, and invasion of privacy. In order to settle its part in the litigation, the Board voted to offer an early retirement package to Goncalves. After the meeting she accepted the offer; her last day is today.

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Exodus

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Students are leaving Region 1 schools. The enrollment at Housatonic Valley Regional High School is down to 395 students as of October 1, 2014 from 420 the previous year. The elementary school enrollment is declining as well. All regional enrollments are following regional declines in the birth rate. The student decline in Region 1 is about 5% this year, over 11% in the last three years. We are losing our children.

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Wisdom with a Broken Wing

Credit: Gary Hoch

Credit: Gary Hoch

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Listening

Seniors on the Housatonic Debate Team: Emily Sullivan, Sam Bradway, Evan Taylor, Matty Longwell

Seniors on the Housatonic Debate Team: Emily Sullivan, Sam Bradway, Evan Taylor, Matty Longwell

This week, the Region 1 Board of Education spent most of their meeting listening to various reports. Business Manager Sam Herrick reported on the official change in enrollment and its impact on the budget. Housatonic Principal Jose Martinez reported on various events at the high school including two professional development days for the teachers. Pupil Services Director Carl Gross reported on the enrollment in special education and various initiatives. The Policy committee reported out several new policies that the Board subsequently adopted. And the Board heard from the seniors on the Housatonic debate team.

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Recess and Irony

Kent Board of Education member Alan Priaulx

Kent Board of Education member Alan Priaulx

Thursday night, the Kent Board of Education held a very efficient meeting of just over one hour. They started on a policy for meeting conduct, and adopted as their yearly goal a review of their policies. In the middle of these discussions, Board member Rob Ober asked the board to consider adding an extra recess to the student schedules. Florence Budge, Principal of Kent Center School, reported on the busy first month of the school year. She noted that the implementation of PowerSchool was going well. Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain reported on administrative activities and gave student enrollment numbers for the region. Board member Alan Priaulx gave a detailed report on the Wellness Committee.

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